I have been listening to a lot of podcasts: on my way to work, on my way home, even while I'm doing chores around the house or working out.
While I'm driving to work, I love to listen to something that gets my brain working. This is when I pull out my -get-down-to-business podcast, Chopped. It's a podcast by food bloggers, for food bloggers, so I know not all of you will be interested in this one, but if you have a food blog, you should definitely tune in:
Chopped. Even if you're just starting a blog, this one is worth subscribing to! I love getting little knowledge bombs from this show. Marly (the host) also keeps everything real and manageable.
I have a hard time listening to podcasts while actually writing or crunching numbers, so I usually wait to continue my listening until my drive home. At that point I'm usually over trying hard for the day (11 hours is enough, time to sit back and relax. Seriously) and ready to just hear something neat or interesting. This is where Gastropod comes in.
Gastropod. This is not the first time I've brought up Gastropod, but what can I say? I love it. Dearly. If I had to pick one podcast and only one podcast to listen to, this might be it. Cynthia and Nicola are as nerdy as I am when it comes to food, and their podcast is really well produced. Gastropod covered topics like Counting Fish and how the type of silverware you're eating off of affects your meal. No matter the topic, you're sure to learn something new!
Speaking of learning, I also just started listening to Wine for Normal People--I started listening to it right after I wrote my post on Marsala wine, actually. Despite being a foodie, my wine knowledge is lacking. There's so much to know! So many names that are hard to pronounce! Years and blends and vineyards oh my! But when I go to buy a bottle of wine, I want to at least feel like I might be buying something I'll like. This podcast makes me feel like maybe I'll learn. One day. For now it's all just trial and error. Plus, this podcast is realistic, and lacks all snobbery you might think would come with a wine podcast. I also enjoy Stuff You Should Know for non-food related facts.
When I'm at home and working on something rather mindless, I usually want story with a bit more meat to it. Something that will entertain my mind while I bead, or take my thoughts far away while I clean. This is when I listen to shows like S-Town of This American Life.
S-town. This podcast is especially recommended to those that enjoyed Serial, it's older cousin. It's intriguing, mysterious and sometimes a bit disturbing. Once you start listening, you just can't stop.
This American Life. Before the era of podcasts, my parents would tune into This American Life on Colorado Public Radio. Maybe it's just a tradition for me now, but The American Life continue to be one of my favorite easy-listening podcasts. Their simple, everyday stories always carry a message that is deep and moving, though they tend to keep everything lighthearted.
Alright, what podcasts do you subscribe to? What are your favorite and why? Lay it on me!
Serves: 2 | Total Time: 25 minutes
- 2 tilapia fillets
- 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- Using a towel, pat the fish dry on either side. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. When it glistens, place the fish in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each slide, until fish is cooked through, opaque, and flakey.
- While the fish cooks, heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a small pan. Pan capers dry with a towel (this will help minimize splattering). When the oil is hot (test it by flicking a drop of water into the pan—if it sizzles, it’s hot enough), pour the capers into the pan. Allow the capers to cook, stirring occasionally. After 3 minutes, remove from heat.
- Serve fish on plates, and squeeze 1 lemon wedge over each fillet. Sprinkle with capers and parsley. Serve with additional lemon wedges.
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